HA'KAMARA - Episode 16

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Without delay Ha’Kamara sent the men of Bodgi to go retrieve Adam Cox and hand him over to his ...


Without delay Ha’Kamara sent the men of Bodgi to go retrieve Adam Cox and hand him over to his sister to see if she could treat his wounds and save his life. Anne Cox who was already scheming with Reverend Dudley for a means to kill Ha’Kamara was dazed when she saw what her people did to her brother. Without her first aid kit, she was certain her brother was going to die in Selay so she left him while he bled and fought the nerve racking pains which shot through his body and asked to be allowed to speak with Ha’Kamara. With her hands tied, warriors led her to Ha’Kamara and she made a shocking plea, “When I arrived Selay this morning and saw the number of dead British men and women on the ground, I concluded you were the enemy and began to scheme to kill you with Reverend Dudley. However having seen what my fellow Britons did to my brother, I want to ask you of one favour. Please Ha’Kamara, kill them all! Kill all the British people in these buildings!” Ha’Kamara answered her, “Don’t worry my friend; all the white people in these houses are already dead. I have not fought alongside my people, but today I will. Believe me you don’t want to see what we will do to your people.” “On the contrary I want to see it. I will stand here and watch you kill them all Ha’Kamara.” “No! Go back to your brother and see what you can do for him.” “There is nothing I can do for him and I don’t want to watch him die. When he is dead I will honour him by digging his grave alone.” “If that is your wish Anne Cox, we will grant it.”

Ha’Kamara left her and went to commune with the warriors of Ubukwu on how to carry out their attack British men and soldiers hiding in the block buildings. Out of compassion for the dying white man – Adam Cox. Usana, Ha’Kamara’s mother, took some of the herbal concoction she prepared to treat wounded Ubukwu warriors and blended it with some of her Bodgi magical spell and administered them to Adam Cox wounds and he began to recover. She assured Reverend Dudley through interpreters from Azara that by evening the bullets lodged in his shoulder and thigh would come out. By evening, it happened just like she said. When Anne Cox heard that Ha’Kamara’s mother had healed her brother, she was brought to tears. She and Reverend Dudley were left wondering if Ha’Kamara and her people were after all as evil as they thought earlier. Later that evening, Ha’Kamara led the warriors of Ubukwu lands against British men in a very confusing and bloody battle. To nullify the advantage of British canons, Ha’Kamara decided to attack them when it was dark, and sent her people and their half-brothers of Zarafi and River people ahead of the other warriors. Anne Cox who though she could watch the battle realized she could not. Heads and arms were flying in all directions and British men in fear shot each other. The three tribes of Bodgi, Zarafi and River people made light of the battle by unleashing their flying machetes while they vanished from sight.

Whoever the tribes of Bodgi, Zarafi and River people missed, were taken care of by the other warriors who followed behind their flying machetes. The war was so horrifying that even Ha’Kamara withdrew from it and sought her mother’s advice if to call back their warriors and ask the remaining British people to lay down their arms and submit to slavery. Usana did not like the idea of letting a single white soul live; particularly after what they did to her when she was captured and brought to Selay. "We have saved one already, I think that is enough. We should kill the rest to send the right message to their brothers and sisters who might want to come here." Sunu said to her daughter. While Ha’Kamara discussed with her mother, some men of Azara unbound Wute’s hands and feet and released him into the battle. Wute had never fought with two blades before, but thinking his wife, Zaya had died he ran into the battle wielding two blades in memory of her. He went through the white army like a hot knife through butter. He was completely beside himself as he killed everything in white skin. When Ha’Kamara returned and saw the havoc which Wute single handedly wreaked, she knew it would be hard to recall their warriors. So she unleashed a dusty storm making it difficult for both their warriors and white people to fight. The dusty storm lingered till dawn when Ha’Kamara lifted it and called back the warriors of Ubukwu lands. With reluctance they turned back to listen to their child-leader. Her shrill small voice rang out like a bell, “We have spilled enough blood. Now go and announce to our enemies that if they lay down their arms and agree to serve us as our slaves we shall let them live. But if they refuse and choose to fight; then kill them right where they stand! One more thing, I want the man who shot Adam Cox alive if he still lives.”

In just minutes all the British men and women who lived through the attack of the previous night laid down their arms and chose to serve the people of Ubukwu as slaves. Their hope was that word will reach England and they would send in soldiers to rescue them. When the men of Zarafi found Felix Claxton, they brought him to Ha’Kamara and she handed him over to Anne Cox to do with him as she wished. Much to everyone’s shock Anne Cox took a warriors machete and raised it to lump of his head but Adam, her brother, stopped her. “Don’t kill him Anne! You don’t want to stain your hands with blood. Let him be given to the people whose brothers and sister he sold into slavery. Whatever they like, let them do with him.” Adam had hardly finished his words when a man bolted out of the crowd and lumped off Felix Claxton’s head, yelling, “He made me watch while he played with my sister before selling her into slavery!”  The young man sat on his decapitated body and began to hack it into bits.

Because of Ha’Kamara’ relationship with Anne Cox and Reverend Jeremy, they were allowed to return to England with Adam Cox. The other British citizens they took as prisoners were forced to serve in Selay as slaves. Their victory against the British Calvary rang out and was told in many slave towns in West Africa. Ha’Kamara and Usana knew that someday the British people will send in their soldiers to level the land of Ubukwu; but Ha’Kamara and her people were content to revel in their victory until the day British men would return to their shores with more sophisticated weapons. Zaya was happy to return to Azara with Wute as a heroin. One who was taken as a slave from her land to Bada, but began a revolt against British people which saw them sacked from the lands of Ubukwu. In Azara she became a living legend and many young girls dreamt to be like her someday. A year after the battles, she bore a child for Wute and name her Ha’Kamara. For his contributions in the battle against the white man Samba and Sunu were forgiven by the River people and asked to return home.

Ha’Kamara on her part was happy to return home with her mother and dwelt amongst her people, the Bodgi tribe. She was celebrity in her land and was allowed to be the highest voice of authority in Bodgi, Zarafi and the River people. Even as far as Azara, her voice was law. To watch their shores and make sure the white man did not take them by surprise, the lands of Ubukwu sent warriors who watched their shores by day and night. Five years after the white man was sacked from the lands of Ubukwu, slave raiders who returned from Port Shuney, a prosperous slave town far beyond Ubukwu, began to spread rumours that the British government had sent trained killers to capture Ha’Kamara and bring her to England to face trial for her crimes against the British government. By night the men of Azara journey and took all those returnee slave raiders from Port Shuney and slaughtered them. They saw the rumour those men spread as a British scheme designed to scare Ha’Kamara to run from her home to a land where she would not have the protection of her people and would be easily captured by the British. Ha’Kamara did not let herself get bothered by the rumours. Though she told no one, every day she waited for the British government to send their soldiers or assassins. She would often tell her mother, “They will have to kill me first before they can move me from this land. I have grown in my powers, if they so much as step on any of these lands, I will attack them with thunder and fire. I swear by the gods, I will do it!”



THE END

Written by:
Uzoma Ujor


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